Luke Chia-Liu Yuan

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Luke Yuan
Born (1912-04-05)5 April 1912
Anyang, Henan, Republic of China
Died 11 February 2003(2003-02-11) (aged 90)
Beijing, China
Nationality U.S.
Fields Physics
Institutions RCA Laboratories
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Synchrotron Radiation Research Center
Alma mater Yenching University
California Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisor Robert A. Millikan
Spouse Wu Chien-shiung (m. 1942–97)
Children Vincent Yuan (袁緯承)

Luke Chia-Liu Yuan (simplified Chinese: 袁家骝; traditional Chinese: 袁家騮; pinyin: Yuán Jiāliú; Wade–Giles: Yüan Chia-liu; April 5, 1912 – February 11, 2003) was a Chinese American physicist and grandson of Yuan Shikai, China's president from 1912 to 1916.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Anyang, Henan, Yuan attended Yenching University in Beijing, the University of California at Berkeley, and the California Institute of Technology. He began living in the United States in 1936. That same year, he met his future wife, renowned physicist Chien-Shiung Wu, who joined him as a graduate student at Cal Berkeley.[2]:259 For financial reasons, Yuan transferred to Caltech, where he did his doctoral training under Nobel laureate Robert A. Millikan.[2]:262

Professional career[edit]

Yuan worked at RCA Laboratories and then Brookhaven National Laboratory as a senior physicist and science educator. He later managed the Synchrotron Radiation Research Center of Taiwan[3] and Wu-Yuan Natural Science Foundation.[citation needed]


Yuan died in Beijing in 2003. He is survived by his granddaughter, Jada Yuan of New York City, son Vincent Yuan (nuclear physicist of New Mexico) and brother Yuan Jiaji of Tianjin.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b "Luke Yuan / Physicist, educator, science benefactor". San Francisco Chronicle. 23 February 2003. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch (1998). Nobel Prize Women in Science : their lives, struggles, and momentous discoveries (Rev. ed.). Washington, D.C.: Joseph Henry Press. ISBN 9780309072700. 
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  4. ^ Pace, Eric (February 23, 2003). "Luke Yuan, 90, Senior Physicist At Brookhaven". The New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2014.